Alf Museum

Paleontology at Webb

Science in Action. Webb is the only high school in the world to host an accredited museum of paleontology right on its campus.
The Alf Museum is a perfect example of unbounded thinking in action. It’s not just a place where students go to look at fossils. It’s a place where students are part of the scientific process, where they learn the joy of discovery, where they actually advance science. And it’s just plain fun.

Every Webb student spends a weekend at a real dig site. Beyond learning how field scientists work, students enjoy the physical challenges of “roughing it” and maybe even the thrill of making an important find for the museum’s collection. After all, 95% of the museum’s more than 175,000 specimens were discovered by Webb students, teachers and alumni.

Imagine you’re at a dig site searching for fossils. You find one. It doesn’t seem like much at first, but when you show it to one of Webb’s five paleontologists they tell you it could be something important. The thrill of discovery still fresh, you carefully pack it up to take back to the lab at the museum. But it doesn’t end there. You clean off your specimen, and the research begins. What is it? How old is it? The answers unfold and you find that you have uncovered something no one has ever seen in that part of the country. But you work still isn’t done. You continue your research, write a paper and submit it to a scientific journal for publication. When it appears in print, you experience the sense of accomplishment and pride of a scientist. And rightly so.
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